London based rapper Kay Maff discusses his brand new EP ‘One Of A Kind’
Tell us a bit about your roots growing up and how it has influenced the music you make?
The music I create stems from my roots in Jamaica where music was all around. My parents throwing big parties, my mum playing music around me from when I was little and my dad being an artist himself — it taught me that music brings people together.
When did you decide to move to London? And what are your thoughts on the industry in the UK?
Moving to the UK in the early 2000’s, heavily influenced me by the up and coming UK grime scene — fascinated by the mix of Jamaican style- and UK music with raw emotions. I like where the UK scene is at right now.
How would you define yourself as an artist, what is your signature sound?
Upbeat, energetic, melodic, always bringing something raw and fresh — that’s my signature sound. As an artist I am dedicated to breaking boundaries — I am a line pusher 100%.
Tell us a bit about your new EP ‘One Of A Kind’ – What was the process behind creating it?
Being in the studio, experimenting with a range of sounds, tapping into the music and creating a progressive project speaking on life events. Removing myself from boundaries and expectations allowed me to be free when writing, recording and mastering One Of a Kind.
What tracks are your personal favourite off the EP and why?
Neurodiverse is my personal favourite — My son…. he allowed myself to express the difference in people’s minds. We are now in a time where it is ok to be who you are. Neurodiverse is a celebration of that.
I strongly believe this song will encourage others to tell their truth.
Are you working on any music videos to accompany any of the tracks?
Yes — visuals are crucial to me. When creating music I draw inspiration from them, too. The video for ‘Vicious cycle’ was recorded in an old, abandoned theatre which is rumoured to be haunted.
You will be working with Labrinth, how did that come about?
I admire Labrinth, not only as an artist and producer but also as a person. We’ve worked together on a number of projects and going forward I can’t wait to continue working with him in the future.
Have you got any performances lined up that we can catch you at?
I haven’t! I’ve been locked in the studio, producing and creating. Catch me on Twitch @kay1maf, I do live sessions from the studio.
What else are you working on?
Right now I am working on Part 2 of OOAK.
Where can we follow your music?
Spotify, AppleMusic, Google Music, Youtube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Twitch — follow me on my socials @kaymaf for the latest updates.
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